Kawasaki Ninja 400 Overview
From ₹ 4.99 Lakh Onward
Fuel Tank Capacity
Kawasaki Ninja 400 Specifications
|Engine CC||399.0 cc|
|Max Power||48.30 bhp|
|Max Torque||38.00 Nm|
|Length/Width/Height||2020/ 710/1120 mm|
Kawasaki Ninja 400 Features
Lightweight, Sharp-Looking And High-Performance Sport Model
Sharp New Ninja Styling: High Class & Futuristic
High Performance High Controllability
Largest Brake Disc In Class
Engine Kill Switch
Fuel Warning Indicator
Low Oil Indicator
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About Kawasaki Ninja 400
Kawasaki Ninja 400 is its true definition of power stability, performance handling and class-leading features design and comfortability. It is available in one standard variant with ABS in India, and as mentioned by the Japanese dealer, this motorcycle will be available in two limited colours - Lime Green/Metallic Sparkle Black, or Lime Green/Ebony.
The highlights of the motorcycle are its get cool graphics, liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine, lightweight trellis framework, comfortable riding position, high-grade cockpit, twin LED headlamp, great control and handling features, instrumental cluster, and best in Class assist and slipper clutch.
This dual seater bike is comfortable for long rides and its seat height is the most impressive feature as it has focused on a wide range of riders. It is available at an ex-showroom price of Rs 4.99 lakh in New Delhi.
Kawasaki Ninja 400 Expert Review
How is the design of the Kawasaki Ninja 400?
The Kawasaki Ninja 400 is aggressive looking and has impressive graphic works on its body. The high-grade cockpit of the bike features a multi-function dash meter that informs the riders about throttle adjustments, gear selection, and so on. The twin LED headlamps on the front offer excellent visibility. The seat design is made narrower and the seat height is kept low. The clip-on handlebars and the forward-oriented footpegs offer a confident reach to the ground during need.
How does the Kawasaki Ninja 400 ride?
The new tube-type trellis frame of Kawasaki Ninja 400 is light in weight and enables the rider to control the bike while riding and gives smooth handling. The riding conditions have now been improved with a class-leading semi-floating front disc brake, that is complemented by an anti-lock brake system. The kerb weight of the bike has been reduced by 4 kg from its predecessor but the seat height remains unchanged. The bike accelerates from 0-100 kmph in about 5.4 seconds which is faster than most other bikes of its class.
How comfortable is the Kawasaki Ninja 400?
The ergonomics of the Kawasaki Ninja 400 are designed to offer the riders a comfortable riding experience. The seat height is kept in a position that is advantageous for short height riders as well. The clip-on handlebars provide a raised position, which means a sporty look with comfort. The forward-oriented food peg position helps the rider to confidently reach the ground at stops along with the lower seat height.
How’s the tech?
The chassis of Kawasaki Ninja 400 is now made of a lightweight trellis frame, along with a uni-trak rear suspension, 310 mm semi-floating petal front disc brake associated with ABS, leaves a great impression after your first ride. The chassis management technology includes the ABS and Ergo-Fit, while the Engine management technology includes Assist and slipper clutch and economical riding indicator.
How's the mileage of the Kawasaki Ninja 400?
The best-in-class Twin-Cylinder engine offers outstanding fuel efficiency. The claimed mileage of the Kawasaki Ninja 400 is 25 kmpl and is dependent on the road surface and riding conditions. The top speed of the motorcycle is about 190 kmph.
How is the performance of the Kawasaki Ninja 400?
The all-new chassis and engine of the Kawasaki Ninja 400 offer great performance. The sports bike is powered by a 399cc twin-cylinder engine that offers class-leading power and is 103cc more in comparison to its previous version. It produces a maximum power of 48.3 bhp @ 10,000 rpm and a 40% increased torque of 38 Nm @ 8,000 rpm. Associated with a modified airbox, greater intakes, reversed slip and assist clutch, has improved the performance of Kawasaki Ninja 400 from its predecessors.
Is the Kawasaki Ninja 400 good value for money?
Yes, Kawasaki Ninja 400 is a good value for money, especially for beginners. It is a lightweight, affordable, practical and sporty looking bike. The twin-cylinder engine doesn't vibrate at greater speeds and is better than most other beginner motorcycles. With the new engine along with an assist and slipper technology, and best in a class roll-on acceleration, the bike is easy to handle and is comfortable for a range of riders. You get a lot of new features that suits your style and riding standards.
Pros & Cons of Ninja 400
Impressive sporty finish.
There aren't many colour options.
Prices are higher than their rivals.
No adjustable levers.
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Is the Kawasaki Ninja 400 a good bike?
Yes, Kawasaki Ninja 400 is a good bike as it offers a range of new and improved features that are well suited for beginners and matches the riding standards of a range of riders. The ergonomics of Kawasaki Ninja 400 is designed to offer a comfortable ride with lower seat height, clip-on handlebars and forward-oriented footpegs. The bike looks stylish and aggressive on the road and maintains several safety measures.
Is it worth buying a Kawasaki Ninja 400?
Yes, it is worth buying a Kawasaki Ninja 400 if you are having a budget of Rs 5 lakh and is best suited for beginners as comfort; safety measures, design, performance, handling and dimensions are incorporated by focusing a wide range of riders. But if you are out of money, then you can also look for its rivals that are priced lower but remember you won't get everything in them in comparison to Kawasaki Ninja 400. It is having best in class engine and framework that maintains the overall weight of the bike, making it easy to handle on roads.
Which is better: Kawasaki Ninja 400 or KTM RC 390?
The ex-showroom price of Kawasaki Ninja 400 starts from Rs 4.99 lakh, while that of KTM RC 390 starts from Rs 2.78 lakh. But the mileage of Ninja 400 is 25 kmpl and is 35 kmpl for RC 390. The 399cc engine of Kawasaki Ninja 400 produces a maximum power of 48.3 bhp @ 10000 rpm and a peak torque of 38 Nm @ 8000 rpm, and for RC 390, the 373.2 cc engine produces a maximum power of 44 bhp @ 9000 rpm at a peak torque of 38 Nm @ 7000 rpm.
The weight of the Ninja 400 is 26 kg more than the RC 390, and is 42 mm longer, 22 mm wider, and 22 mm higher. Though the wheelbase of RC 390 is 30 mm low, the ground clearance is 35mm more. This is a brief difference between both the bikes. You can better understand which one of them serves your requirements as both of them are the best in the class and offers great performance. You need to consider the handling and safety measures. For beginners, Ninja 400 is a good choice but the price is a little higher than its features.
Which model of Kawasaki Ninja 400 is best?
Kawasaki Ninja 400 is available in the Standard variant in the Indian markets and is expected to have two colour variants Lime Green/Metallic Sparkle Black and Lime Green/Ebony. This will also have Anti Brake system along with the improved front disc brake enabling riders to race comfortably. it is also assisted with several features. The new twin-cylinder engine offers great performance, whereas the ergonomics clutch, and new chassis looks after your comfort.
Kawasaki Ninja 400 Vs. Competition
|Factors of comparison||Kawasaki Ninja 400||KTM 390 Duke|
|Ex-showroom price||Rs 4.99 lakh onwards||Rs 2.88 lakh onwards|
|Displacement||399 cc||373.2 cc|
|Engine Type||Compact 399cc Twin-Cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine||1-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled engine|
|Bore×Stroke||70.0mm × 51.8mm||89 mm × 60 mm|
|Maximum power||48.3 bhp @ 10000 rpm||42.9 bhp @ 9000 rpm|
|Peak torque||38 Nm @ 8000 rpm||37 Nm @ 7000 rpm|
|Mileage||25 kmpl||28.9 kmpl|
|Top speed||190 kmph||167 kmph|
|Acceleration||18-20 kmpl||25.2 kmpl|
|Full tank capacity||0-100 kmph in approximately 5 seconds.||0-100 kmph at nearly 6 seconds|
|Framework||Lightweight Trellis frame||Steel trellis frame, powder-coated|
|Dimension (length×width×height)||2020 mm × 710 mm × 1120 mm||2072 mm × 831 mm × 1109 mm|
|Wheelbase||1370 mm||1357 mm|
|Seat Height||785 mm||830 mm|
|Fuel tank capacity||14 L||13.4 L|
|Kerb weight||173 kg||167 kg|
|Ground clearance||140 mm||151 mm|
|Factors of comparison||Kawasaki Ninja 400||Bajaj Dominar 400|
|Ex-showroom price||Rs 4.99 lakh onwards||Rs 1.49 lakh onwards|
|Displacement||399 cc||373.3 cc|
|Engine Type||Compact 399cc Twin-Cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine||Single cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4 Valve, Liquid Cooled, Triple Spark, FI|
|Bore×Stroke||70.0mm × 51.8mm||89 mm × 60 mm|
|Maximum power||48.3 bhp @ 10000 rpm||34.5 bhp @ 8000 rpm|
|Peak torque||38 Nm @ 8000 rpm||35 Nm @ 6500 rpm|
|Mileage||25 kmpl||27 kmpl|
|Top speed||190 kmph||148 kmph|
|Acceleration||0-100 kmph in approximately 5 seconds.||0-100 kmph in about 7.6 seconds|
|Framework||Lightweight Trellis frame||Beam Type Perimeter Frame|
|Dimension (length×width×height)||2020 mm × 710 mm × 1120 mm||2156 mm × 836 mm × 1112 mm|
|Wheelbase||1370 mm||1453 mm|
|Seat Height||785 mm||800 mm|
|Fuel tank capacity||14 L||13 L|
|Kerb weight||173 kg||187 kg|
|Ground clearance||140 mm||157 mm|
|Factors of comparison||Kawasaki Ninja 400||Benelli Imperiale 400|
|Ex-showroom price||Rs 4.99 lakh onwards||Rs. 1.9 lakh onwards|
|Displacement||399 cc||374 cc|
|Engine Type||Compact 399cc Twin-Cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine||Single-cylinder, Air-cooled, 4-valves/cylinder, SOHC engine|
|Bore×Stroke||70.0mm × 51.8mm||72.7 mm × 90.0 mm|
|Maximum power||48.3 bhp @ 10000 rpm||20.7 bhp @ 6000 rpm|
|Peak torque||38 Nm @ 8000 rpm||29 Nm @ 3500 rpm|
|Mileage||25 kmpl||31.25 kmpl|
|Top speed||190 kmph||120 kmph|
|Acceleration||0-100 kmph in approximately 5 seconds.||0-100 kmph in about 14 seconds.|
|Framework||Lightweight Trellis frame||Double Cradle with steel tubes and plates|
|Dimension (length×width×height)||2020 mm × 710 mm × 1120 mm||2170 mm × 820 mm × 1120 mm|
|Wheelbase||1370 mm||1440 mm|
|Seat Height||785 mm||780 mm|
|Fuel tank capacity||14 L||12 L|
|Kerb weight||173 kg||205 kg|
|Ground clearance||140 mm||165 mm|
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All You Need to Know About the Ninja 400
In India, Kawasaki Ninja 400 will be available in a single standard variant - Ninja 400 ABS and is expected to have metallic sparkle black/Lime green and Lime green/ebony. The ex-showroom price in New Delhi is Rs 4.99 lakh.
The new 399 cc parallel-twin motor of Ninja 400 offers smooth power delivery and is highly fuel-efficient. It mates with a six-speed transmission gearbox and produces a max power of 48.3 bhp @ 10,000 rpm at a peak torque of 38 Nm @ 8,000 rpm.
The Assist and Slipper Technology of the clutch delivers comfort and confidence to the rider as it is exceptionally light to handle.
The roll-on acceleration of the motorcycle is best in class. Its claimed mileage is 25 kmpl and the top speed is 190 kmph.
The lightweight tube type trellis framework of the bike reduces its weight in comparison to others of its class and allows smooth control and handling.
The braking system of the Kawasaki Ninja 400 is impressive. The semi-floating front disc offers best in class braking performance, complemented with ABS.
The clip-on handlebars, narrow seat design, forward-oriented footpeg are some of the modified ergonomics within the bike. The Kawasaki Ninja 400 looks aggressive and comprises a high-grade cockpit with great features, and twin LED headlamps for better visibility on road.
In comparison with Ninja 300, the ninja 400 is shorter by 50 mm and narrower by 5 mm though is 5 mm longer. The bike looks larger and has exceptionally beautiful graphic work on its body.
Latest News on Ninja 400
The launch of Kawasaki Ninja 400 as an entry-level sports bike has replaced its previous version of Ninja 300 globally.
The key highlights of Kawasaki Ninja 400 are –
- The impressive graphics work on the body with a comfortable riding position, high-grade cockpit and twin LED headlamp.
- The 399cc, Liquid Cooled, Parallel Twin engine along with a lightweight trellis frame.
- The motorcycle has got the largest disc brake in class. It has lightweight sporty handling.
- Also, this sportbike has the lightest clutch in its class, with Assist and Slipper clutch.
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Kawasaki Ninja 400: All You Need To Know
The Kawasaki Ninja 400 has been launched in India at a price of Rs. 4.69 lakh (ex-showroom).
Kawasaki Ninja 400 FAQs
What is the mileage of the Kawasaki Ninja 400?
Kawasaki Ninja 400 gives a mileage of about 25 kmpl.
What is the on-road price of the Kawasaki Ninja 400 top model?
The on-road price for the top model of Kawasaki Ninja 400 is Rs 4.99 lakh & the ex-showroom price for the top model of Kawasaki Ninja 400 is Rs 4.69 lakh.
How many cc engines does the Kawasaki Ninja 400 have?
Kawasaki Ninja 400 is powered by a 399 cc Engine.
Is Kawasaki Ninja 400 a Dual Seater?
Kawasaki Ninja 400 is a dual seater motorcycle.
What is the price of a Kawasaki Ninja 400?
The on-road price of the Kawasaki Ninja 400 is between Rs 4.99 lakh to Rs 5.41 lakh.
Does the Kawasaki Ninja 400 have a kick start or self start?
Kawasaki Ninja 400 has a self start & does not have a kick start.
What is the Wheel Type & Tyre Type of Kawasaki Ninja 400?
Kawasaki Ninja 400 has Alloy wheels & tubeless tyres.
What is the Top Speed of Kawasaki Ninja 400?
The Top Speed of the Kawasaki Ninja 400 is 190 kmph
The Kawasaki Ninja 400 breaks our hearts... here's why!
Is the new Kawasaki Ninja 400 just a Ninja 300 with an extra 100cc? Or is there more here than meets the eye? Priyadarshan Bawikar finds out.
If I had to use one word to describe the Kawasaki Ninja 400 as soon as I hopped off after my first ride on it, it would be 'shocking'!
This small(ish) capacity Ninja isn't new to shocking us... the first time it did so was when Kawasaki announced the prices in April of this year.
Now, though, it's giving us that good-kinda shock. Because, after years of getting somewhat insipid 250s and 300s, this 400 finally feels like a proper Kawasaki! And here's why...
It's got proper Ninja performance
Powering this new baby Ninja is a 399cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin motor that is based on the one from the Ninja 300. But, in most ways that matter, this is a new engine.
Both bore and stroke dimensions have been increased (from 62x49mm to 70x51.8mm) and the cylinders are more oversquare than before.
Even the compression ratio has been bumped up from 10.6:1 to 11.5:1.
The end result is a whopping 49PS of power coming in at 10,000rpm, which is 10PS more than the Ninja 300.
It even manages 38Nm of torque -- an increase of 11Nm over the N300.
And these power and torque figures are the highest in the segment as well.
Thanks to this performance bump, the Ninja 400 has gone on to become the quickest bike we've tested in this category, getting to 60kmph in just 2.44 seconds and 100kmph in 5.40 seconds.
It even manages great roll-on acceleration figures, managing the 30-70kmph run in third gear in 4.27 seconds and 40-80kmph in fourth gear in 4.45 seconds, of which the latter is segment-leading as well.
And at a tested top speed of 159.83kmph, this Ninja 400 is the quickest bike in this segment as well.
This motor has got real Ninja character
Don't get us wrong; the Ninja 300 is a great bike with a very likeable motor -- it's super smooth.
But it's also really peaky, which makes it quite boring in the low to mid-range.
The Ninja 400, on the other hand, not only makes more peak power and torque than this motor; it also makes it at much lower rpm as well -- 10,000rpm and 8,000rpm respectively.
And that completely changes the character of this engine compared to the 300's.
Below 4000rpm, this 400 is just as tractable and can pull from 40kmph in sixth gear without skipping a beat, which makes city riding an absolute breeze.
Get it past the 4000rpm mark though, and the motor starts to get quick and the speeds really start to climb.
In fact, at 7000rpm in sixth gear, it'll happily sit at 120kmph all day long without even a hint of vibration.
And that's great news for anyone who really plans to take this Ninja 400 touring over long distances.
Get the motor past the 8000rpm mark though, and it wakes the f*** up! The exhaust note goes into a lovely howl, and it starts to really move like a stabbed rat.
It actually gets fast enough to get you into trouble if you're not careful -- getting to the 100kmph mark in just second gear!
At this point though, the motor is far from smooth -- there is a certain gruffness that can be heard and felt, and there's a buzz in the handlebars and the footpegs too.
That said, this buzz never really gets to the point where it'll start bothering you. What it does manage to do is make the motor feel, cliched as it sounds, alive.
It handles like a Ninja should
It's not just the Ninja 400's motor that's a complete departure from the 300's. Even the chassis is completely different.
While the 300 used a diamond type frame, Kawasaki has switched to a trellis frame for this one, similar to what you see on the company's 650s.
Even the steering geometry is a lot tighter compared to the 300, with a rake and trail of 24.7 degrees and 92mm, respectively.
The wheelbase too is now a fairly short 1370mm -- 35mm shorter than the 300.
So where the 300 feels rather easy-going when it comes to handling, the 400 is super sharp.
The apt way to describe this would be 'telepathic', almost reminding us of the first generation Yamaha R15. You just think it and the Ninja 400 is willing to change direction.
It needs very little steering effort, even when you're transitioning from one corner to the next.
But don't think that just because the Ninja 400 can turn rapidly, it feels twitchy. Thanks to a long swing arm, it has inherent stability when you need it as well.
Another factor that contributes to the bike's mid-corner confidence is the fact that Kawasaki has dumped the IRC tyres that they provided with the 300 in favour of Dunlop Sportmax rubber -- 110/70 R17 at the front and 150/60 R17 at the rear.
Now we've ripped on these tyres before on larger bikes in the past, but they work really well on the 400 and provide plenty of grip, even in the rain.
So not only is this quicker in a straight line, we think its got its competition beat in handling too.
If it came down to a battle of lap times on a racetrack, this will run circles around the Ninja 300.
Heck, it'll lap faster than a Yamaha R3 as well. And against the KTM RC390? Well, let's just say that if I was a betting man, I'm putting my money on Team Green!
But if we're nitpicking, we also have to mention the brakes.
Don't get us wrong, braking performance from the 310mm petal front disc and 220mm petal rear disc is excellent.
The Ninja 400 actually brakes from 80kmph to zero in just 28.98 metres, and from 100kmph in 45.50 metres.
Now both of these braking distances are best-in-class. And even ABS calibration, especially for the rear brake, is excellent.
But we really wish that there was more bite in the front brake lever's initial travel.
And no adjustable levers for this expensive a bike feels like a bit of a letdown.
It's got surprisingly good ride quality
When it comes to suspension, the Ninja 400 packs beefier 41mm, non-adjustable telescopic forks at the front and a preload adjustable linked monoshock at the back.
The front end is set up a little on the softer side, so on very sharp bumps, it can bottom out.
The rear, on the other hand, feels slightly stiffer in comparison and can feel just a tad bouncy on the same sort of bumps.
But this setup really works well as the front has the pliancy to deal with bad road conditions without knocking the bars out of your hands, while the rear doesn't squat or stand easily under hard acceleration or braking.
That makes the overall ride quality not as harsh as the KTM RC390's, or as soft as the Yamaha R3's -- effectively offering what we think is the best-balanced suspension setup in this class.
So whether you're tackling the daily commute or tearing it up on a mountain road, the Ninja 400's suspension really has you covered.
Kitna deti hai?
Let's face it, this is a question you're bound to encounter in India no matter what bike you're riding.
The 400 impresses here as well, managing 24.5kmpl in the city and 30.4kmpl on the highway.
For a bike with so much performance, that's really good… bettering some of its competition too!
One size doesn't fit all
We've got a bone to pick with the Ninja 400's ergonomics.
At 785mm, the seat height is low enough for most riders, even those who are about 5'5" to 5'6", to get their feet on the ground easily.
The handlebars are kinda tall too, so you don't have to lean too much towards them. And the bars have also been pulled a little towards the rider, so reaching them is easy.
Now if you're commuting, this riding position is great. But the moment you want to attack corners -- and this bike just begs you to attack corners -- this riding position feels a bit too tight for moving around on the bike.
Ideally, a slight downward drop of the clip-on bars would've worked much better here.
If you're about 5'8" or under, this might not be much of an issue, but it feels rather cramped if you're a couple of inches taller than that.
And if you're well above 6' in height, the position will feel cramped even when you're cruising on the highway.
And speaking of size...
Again we're not exactly complaining here, but where the 300 looks like a scaled down ZX-10R, the 400, with its flatter nose, is more like a mini H2.
The Ninja 400 is available in India in just one paint scheme -- this KRT green, which might seem a little too loud for everyone's taste.
One of the things we did love about the design, though, is the negative LCD instrument cluster which looks rather premium. And the overall build quality is top notch too.
But the problem here is that it looks smaller even compared to the Ninja 300.
Now you can blame that on the smaller 14-litre tank and compact ergonomics. So, essentially, those who want a big bike look might want to look elsewhere.
The biggest shock
The biggest problem we have with the Ninja 400 is its price.
At Rs 4.69 lakh (ex-showroom India), it's now Rs 1.70 lakh more than the Ninja 300.
Heck, it's Rs 1.2 lakh more than the Yamaha R3.
And you can almost buy two KTM RC390's in the price of one Ninja 400.
If it was Rs 1 lakh cheaper, it would be the perfect machine for anyone upgrading from a 200cc motorcycle.
In fact, at that price, it'd be easy to recommend it to pretty much everyone.
And this really breaks our hearts because the Ninja 400 is it is that 'perfect 400cc bike for India' that we enthusiasts have been pining for over the last decade!
It's just too bad most of us who dreamed about a bike like this won't see the sense in spending so much money on it.
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Kawasaki Ninja 400/Z400 SuperBike/Supersport Velocity Stacks 2018/2021
Spears Racing have developed new, innovative Kawasaki Ninja 400 Superbike/Supersport Velocity Stack Kit. This innovative revolutionary design is backed by real dyno testing and our Corbin Custom Design engineering staff. Our stacks will improve torque/HP and smooth out power delivery. This allows the rider a truer feel for the throttle which enables more accurate throttle input, improves confidence to get on the throttle sooner and boosts rider confidence.
The OEM Air box of the stock “commuter bike” Ninja 400 contains two different length velocity stacks, one long, one short and two small intake tracks which severely limit the air intake into the engine. This kit replaces both stacks with our own Spears Racing shorter velocity stacks and instructions to modify your current OEM air box. These shorter velocity stacks not only allow more air into the engine, but they also smooth out the increased flow of air to really maximize the benefit.
The performance difference with the Spears Racing Kawasaki Ninja 400 Superbike/Supersport Velocity Stack Kit compared to the stock is dramatic.
Here’s a dyno comparison with a stock motor(OEM),stock air box vs stock motor with a MWR filter, Spark exhaust and a power commander five (PCV) vs stock motor with a MWR filter, Spark exhaust and a power commander five (PCV) modified air box (snorkels removed) with Spears Racing’s velocity stacks. You can see the power band carries strong through the complete power and noses over after 11,000 but still increases your max RWHP by almost all the way to red line instead of falling off at 9500 and we don’t lose any important midrange power.
Ninja 400 Superbike/Supersport Velocity Stack kit Facts:
These dyno runs were done with 30PSI in rear tire
This ECU is not flashed or any hidden items to show false readings.
Non Race 89 Octane Fuel (Gas Station)
Dyno proven gains don’t lie! Developed in house on simulation software, the race track and hours on the dyno.
*** The Difference between the Superbike and the Supersport Velocity Stack kits is the Air Box Modification***
Superbike Install Below
400 stock,spark,spark with stacks numbers
Supersport Install Below
**This product is legal in California only for racing vehicles which may never be used, registered or licensed for use upon a highway, competition use only. Not road legal!**
Spears Racing Kawasaki Ninja 400 Superbike/Supersport Velocity Stack Kit Contains:
2ea. Air box manifolds
2ea. Spears Velocity Stacks
1ea. Air box template (to modify air box intake) with push pin.
Ninja 400 modified
Long Term: Kawasaki Ninja 400 – The Plan
Our Long Term Kawasaki Ninja 400 may have just arrived but we've already got some accessories lined up. An exhaust is high on the list, but first luggage and crash protection!
We’ve now got our Long Term Ninja 400 and we’re building a long list of modifications and accessories that we’re planning on fitting, while you can check out our road test here.
If you haven’t read the road test linked above or the track launch report, Kawasaki’s new Ninja 400 is a great option for new riders. While retaining a competitive price the brand has updated the iconic Ninja with a larger, more powerful and more torquey parallel twin engine, styling is updated, forks are updated, brakes are updated. There’s a whole host of improvements over the outgoing model.
Our Long Term Ninja 400, before mods!
It’s still a flexible, fun and easy to learn on machine, but Kawasaki have really put in the hard yards to ensure it’s still a rewarding machine as you get more experienced. Just like the Ninja 300 was, but better!
We’ll be getting Simon Harris to give us another opinion on the Ninja 400 on the road, to complement his track launch report, plus we’ll be putting together videos on our impressions so far, plus accessory/mod fitment, and the reviews on each, so stay tuned.
First up, our friends at Kenma Australia have set us up with a whole bunch of those great starter mods, including Promoto Oggy Knobbs, a set of Ventura L-brackets for the Ninja 400, and a 36L Wizard Coocase to fit the Ventura rack. Another really smart addition if you’re doing the Ventura luggage is a Promoto Oggy Knobb Fender Eliminator, as it’ll clean up the rear end of your Ninja and shares mounting points, meaning it’s two good jobs to do together.
Here’s a look at what we’ve got so far – Ventura L-Brackets and Coocase 36L Wizard top box, Oggy Knobbs, Promoto Oggy Knobbs Fender Eliminator and some pickup spools to try
We’ll run fitment and reviews on each of these products, but here’s a bit of a look at why we’ve chosen these accessories.
Ninja 400 Crash Protection
The Oggy Knobbs are an ideal option for new riders, if you’ve been looking at buying a LAMS machine you’ll have seen the endless array available second hand which have been thrown down the road on both sides and are in need of plenty cosmetic love.
If you’ve got a new bike you’ll want to protect it as much as possible, and spending a bit on Oggy Knobbs can seriously save you money in the long term. Some of the most common causes of damage for learners is dropping their bike, whether that’s in a carpark, in the wet, or at very low speeds. A bit of crash protection can reduce fairing, case or frame damage and mean repairs are cheap and easy.
Stock image of the Promoto Oggy Knobbs for the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 – Stay tuned for a fitment and review update
There’s no guarantees but if you’ve somehow got comprehensive insurance for your bike without selling a kidney, repairing this kind of your damage yourself will help avoid the black mark on your record and keeping costs down is essential. Also great is that the Oggy Knobbs for the Ninja 400 require no cutting or drilling, they mount through the frame/engine bolts (just requiring fairing removal for fitment) and the plastic pucks are located through a vent in the fairings.
Ninja 400 Luggage
The Ventura luggage is something we swear by here at BikeReview.com.au. We’ve got it fitted to many of our own machines and the beauty is that all these systems will fit to any bike with the L-brackets. So if you invest in a Ventura kit for your LAMS bike, you’ll be able to take the rack and bag to your next machine, all you need is new L-brackets to fit the model.
This Coocase 36L Wizard top box fits to our Ventura L-Bracket setup
We’ve got the 36L Coocase for the Ninja, which will fit a helmet and be waterproof, making for an ideal commuter option. The case locks onto the bike and is nice and secure, so you could lock your helmet in there when parked and not have to carry it around everywhere you go. There a 30L and 48L option available, but we figured the 36L will suit the Ninja 400 best. We can also put the Sports-Rack and Pack, or Rally-Euro luggage and racks on that we’ve already got.
Ventura L-Brackets and Top Box Mounting Plates (left) and No-Cut Oggy Knobbs (right)
The whole assembly works off a set of L-brackets. For the Ninja 400 these are a simple installation, they bolt through the rear pillion assembly bolts and a cross member is bolted in via the fender mount bolts. It’s a very minimalist assembly, and if you’re worried about looks a Grab Rail or Sports Rack can be added when storage space isn’t a concern. It’s also a very simple DIY job, with only basic tool requirements. On my Daytona you needed to drill the tail plastics for fitment, but on the Ninja 400 it’s direct fitment, no cutting or drilling required.
Ninja 400 Looks & Cosmetics
The final item on our current list and one that ties into the Ventura install is a Promoto Oggy Knobb Fender Eliminator. These are a very popular option, as standard fenders are large (often heavy), plastic and ugly. It’s made of two anodised elements which bolt together and includes an LED license light. Standard indicators are use and it’s a much cleaner and sexier option than the standard item.
Promoto Fender Eliminator for the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 – We’ll have ours fitted in no time!
This ties into the Ventura/L-bracket install because you can do the two jobs at once, as the L-bracket requires removing the fender mount bolts.
With the standard indicators used they plug straight in, while the LED license plate light comes with fittings that allow it to be spliced into the original loom with minimal fuss.
Ninja 400 Future Mods
Along with the mods/accessories we’ve already listed, we’ve got a long wish list of things we’d really like to add on this long termer.
The big ticket item is a slip-on exhaust and we’re hoping for an Arrow muffler at this point in time, as they are usually road legal, great quality and not obnoxiously loud. We had one on our last long termer – a Kawasaki Ninja 636 – and it was a great addition. The standard pipe is also pretty ugly, so this is is a bit of a priority.
We’re also organising some pick-up spools so we’ll be able to use a rear stand for cleaning and lubing the rear chain, which is a regular job on a bike that’s getting ridden daily. Adjustable levers and some aftermarket bar-ends are also on the list for a bit of bling.
Our first attempt at pick-up spools was a no-go, with both the sets we thought might fit using M10 bolts, as suited the previous Ninja 300. The Ninja 400 needs M8 bolts.
We’ll also have a look at the Kawasaki Genuine Accessories, with the Radiator Trim (Guard), Seat Cowl in colour matched Lime Green, and Taller Windscreen also looking like good potential options.
If you’ve got any other suggestions, let us know in the comments section and we’ll see what we can do!
We’ll also be doing the first service, with an oil change and new oil filter shortly, alongside a general checkup, so stay tuned for that and the updates on installing the Oggy Knobb and Ventura mods.
How a Kawasaki Ninja 400 2020 was transformed into a SSP300 race bike
As already published on our Facebook and Instagram pages we have helped our partner, motorcycle workshop Čarman Motosport from Slovenia, to transform a standard Kawasaki Ninja 400 2020 into a proper race bike for Supersport 300 class. As Čarman Motosport’s blog is in Slovenian language, here’s a list of modifications in English:
- standard bike: Kawasaki Ninja 400 m.y. 2020
- Carbonin avio fibre racing kit, customised design
- bigger cooler for better engine performance, smaller coolant expansion tank
- racing exhaust system (Akrapovič)
- slipper clutch
- quick shifter
- sport clip-ons (PP Tuning), handlebar protectors (Lightech)
- race front brake pump (Brembo)
- braided brakes lines, ABS system removed
- front brake and clutch lever
- racing tyres (Dunlop D213 GP Pro)
- racing suspension (K-Tech)
- safety wiring on important bolts and nuts (front and rear axle, oil, front sprocket)
- case savers and crash pads (PP Tuning)
- central stand attachments
- adjustable race foot pegs (Lightech)
- fuel tank cover (PP Tuning), additional hose to empty the fuel tank
Of course all ‘unnecessary’ items like front and back light, blinkers and mirrors were removed. If you’re looking for additional information regarding SSP 300 regulations, you should check PDF file on FIM website: 2020 FIM Superbike, Supersport & Supersport300 World Championships Regulations.
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Kawasaki Ninja 400: Same Price, Other Options
From a V-twin powered motorcycle to a budget ADV, here’s everything you can get at the price of the Kawasaki Ninja 400
Now we really like the all-new Kawasaki Ninja 400. It ticks almost all the boxes for a sub-400cc motorcycle barring one. At Rs 4.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), we feel that the Ninja 400 is a tad overpriced for what it offers. That said, if you’re someone looking for a ride in the same price range, here are four motorcycles you’d be better off with.
Also Read - Kawasaki Ninja 400: Road Test Review
1) Kawasaki Versys-X 300 (Rs 4.69 lakh)
Ironically, both the least and most expensive motorcycle on our list happens to be a Kawasaki. So let’s start with the more affordable of the two - Versys-X 300. It is the go-anywhere kind of bike you need. Highways? Check. City commutes? Check. Trails? Within reason. The only downside here is that you end up paying over Rs 4.50 lakh for the same engine and underpinnings that you’d find on the Ninja 300, which is Rs 1.71 lakh cheaper!
2) Benelli TRK 502 (Rs 5.10 lakh)
The Benelli TRK 502 is quite very impressive as it gets components that you’d normally associate with big adventure bikes at a more affordable price point. It looks like a proper adventure tourer and gets a parallel twin engine as well as premium underpinnings. However, in our review, we found the engine to be underpowered and the bike to be a tad to heavy for our liking.
Also Read - 2019 Benelli TRK 502, TRK 502X Review: First Ride
3) Harley-Davidson Street 750 (Rs 5.33 lakh)
How about trading-in the parallel twin of the Ninja 400 for a V-twin? For Rs 30,000 more, you can do just that with Harley-Davidson Street 750. Currently, the most affordable Harley you can buy, the Street 750 offers a bigger capacity engine, comfortable ergonomics and that Revolution-ary V-twin rumble.
4) Kawasaki Vulcan S (Rs 5.48 lakh)
At just Rs 50,000 more, Kawasaki offers you a more premium and powerful alternative in the form of the Vulcan S. The most affordable member from Kawasaki’s 650cc family, the Vulcan S provides a sense of comfort that one expects from a cruiser. It also grabs eyeballs with its design.
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